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Sep 05, 2013
NATCHITOCHES – Today, Governor Bobby Jindal attended a ribbon cutting ceremony to highlight the opening of Northwestern State University’s (NSU) new Student Services Center and Caspari Hall. The new building connects students with university staff and resources they need and maximizes NSU’s ability to help students succeed.
Governor Jindal said, “We have made a commitment to improving campuses and learning environments for students across Louisiana because we know that higher education is a critical pipeline for ensuring that we have highly-educated workers in Louisiana – including students that graduate from right here at Northwestern State University. That’s why we invested $12 million to build this new facility for student services and administrative offices, because this campus is helping to educate the workforce of tomorrow. These investments provide our students with the education and skills they need for careers and brighter futures right here at home by helping us fulfill the needs that come with our exciting economic development wins not just in the Northwest and Central Regions, but across our state.”
The total cost of the new campus was $12 million for two phases of construction. The first phase demolished NSU’s old West Caspari Hall to build the new Student Services Center. This new state-of-the-art facility features more than 34,000 square feet and houses the Office of Recruiting, Student Life and First Year Experience, Financial Aid, Admissions, Student Accounting, the Cashier’s Office and the Registrar’s Office.
The second phase renovated East Caspari Hall, which was originally constructed in 1939 for use as a dormitory. The renovated building now houses NSU’s Administrative Offices, including the Office of the President, Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, the Dean of Arts, Letters and Graduate Studies, Graduate School offices, the Office of Assessment and the Office of Institutional Research.
Before this project was completed, many of these services were in separate buildings at different ends of campus. The new and improved campus consolidates a number of the offices that serve students into one easily accessible building.
Since 2008, the Jindal administration has supported more than $700 million in critical higher education infrastructure investments across Louisiana.